Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

FOCUS

Young Nicaraguans lead protests against President Ortega

Read more

ENCORE!

Music show: Opera singer Lawrence Brownlee, Snow Patrol & Natalie Prass

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn: 'Either we import stability, or we export instability'

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

From Italy to Cyprus via Hungary: A look back at key events in Europe

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

US-China trade war is 'on hold'

Read more

#TECH 24

Is GDPR a good thing for EU tech companies?

Read more

PERSPECTIVE

'The internet is like water, we need to help children understand how to swim'

Read more

THE OBSERVERS

Horse massacres in Iran, fake news turning deadly in India, and Ivory Coast's drought

Read more

THE OBSERVERS

Iran's violent bird poaching, a Yemeni youth orchestra beneath the bombs, and more

Read more

Europe

Italian populist parties 'agree on ruling programme'

© AFP | Matteo Salvini (L), head of the nationalist League and Five Star Movement (M5S) leader Luigi Di Maio

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2018-05-13

Italian anti-establishment and far-right leaders on Sunday informed the president they are ready to put forward a government programme and nominate a prime minister, according to media reports.

Matteo Salvini, head of the nationalist League, had earlier said in a statement he and Five Star Movement (M5S) leader Luigi Di Maio were "writing history" and would call President Sergio Mattarella.

Press agency AGI reported Di Maio made a brief call to the president's office to "announce that they are ready from tomorrow (Monday) to report on everything, including the name of the prime minister".

If the head of state accepts the nomination, the position could be filled within days.

Following a second day of negotiations with Salvini in Milan, Di Maio said the prime ministerial candidate will be "a politician and not a technician".

According to Italian media reports, the nominee will be a "third party" belonging to neither the League or the M5S and would have international authority.

Salvini and Di Maio are scheduled to meet again in Rome on Monday before being received at the Quirinal, the presidential palace.

Around 70 days after the legislative elections that failed to produce a clear parliamentary majority, it would appear the League and the M5S have found some common ground to form the first anti-establishment government in Italy and western Europe.

According to reports, the parties have agreed on rolling back increases to the age of retirement, while the M5S is willing to follow the League's hardline anti-immigration policies.

Salvini and Di Maio are also willing to make compromises over their flagship policies -- the League's drastic drop in taxes and the M5S's universal basic income -- which look tricky to reconcile in the eurozone's second most indebted country.

The most sensitive issue is undoubtedly that of immigration, and according to the daily Il Corriere della Sera "the approach of the League is more muscular than that of M5S".

For the composition of the government, the League and M5S must also agree on representation from the parties.

On its own Salvini's League won 17 percent of the votes on March 4, but it was part of a right-wing alliance including Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia party that garnered 37 percent of the vote.

M5S is by far Italy's largest single party after conquering nearly 33 percent of the electorate.

(AFP)

Date created : 2018-05-13

  • ITALY

    Italy's League and 5-Star parties make 'significant steps' towards government deal

    Read more

  • ITALY

    'No chance to form government': Deadlocked Italy parties call for new election

    Read more

  • ITALY

    Stalemate in government talks pushes Italy's Five-Star to call for snap election

    Read more

COMMENT(S)